Alumnus Honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Ray Feeney ('75 BS ENG) will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Feeney is a pioneer of software solutions for visual effects in motion pictures. The award will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on February 10, 2007, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Segments of the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation will be broadcast by the ABC Television Network during the 79th Academy Awards? on February 25. This is Feeney's fifth Oscar?. In 1988 he was honored for Scientific and Engineering Achievement for his work developing one of the first motion control camera systems. A second followed in 1991 for his work on the Solitaire Image Recorder. In 1994 he received two more, one honoring his work in developing film input scanners and the other for the development of the Cinefusion bluescreen extraction technology. In 2001, the Board of Governors honored Feeney with the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation for his pioneering efforts to improve visual effects in the motion picture industry. "Ray has helped develop and implement many of the groundbreaking technologies that have become industry-standard techniques used in the creation of visual effects for motion pictures," said Academy President Sid Ganis. Established in 1981, the Gordon E. Sawyer Award is "presented to an individual in the motion-picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry." Feeney will be the 20th recipient of the award.